BroadBand Light™ Therapy in McLean, VA

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What is BroadBand Light Therapy?

At Mesbahi Plastic Surgery in McLean, VA, Washington, D.C., and Beverly Hills, CA, we offer BroadBand Light Therapy with Forever Clear BBL™ by Sciton®. This procedure uses regenerating technology to improve the aesthetics of the skin for a younger-looking profile. It works by applying therapeutic light energy that mildly warms the skin and stimulates collagen production. Those with an array of dermal concerns may benefit from BBL since it works to fix unwanted freckles, rosacea, broken blood vessels, and sun damage. Also, it can help create a more smooth and even-looking texture to reveal a fresh, glowing complexion. BBL could be added to other cosmetic treatments to fulfill your unique needs and goals. Contact our office today to meet with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi to learn more about this innovative therapy.

What are the Benefits of BBL?

Cosmetic concerns like discoloration and sun damage make many patients feel self-conscious about their appearance. BBL can help to diminish these skin concerns for a revitalized complexion. Patients choose to work with our team at Mesbahi Plastic Surgery because we know the importance of providing safe and natural-looking results through innovative solutions. BBL is a versatile technology that can be used to treat an array of issues all at the same time. Plus, treatment is minimally invasive, meaning there is little downtime compared to other options.


A great candidate for BBL is any woman or man dealing with hyperpigmentation or poorly textured skin. This may be due to acne, sun damage, broken capillaries, or rosacea. BBL can also help to make the skin seem more youthful by igniting the production of collagen. By varying the type of filter and modality used for the treatment, BBL can be used as a one-time therapy or maintenance regimen for a wide array of skin issues. Before undergoing treatment, Dr. Mesbahi will discuss how BBL technology can help you reach your cosmetic goals.

What to expect during BROADBAND LIGHT THERAPY

After creating the appropriate treatment plan, the programming of the BBL system will be adjusted to fit your unique needs. Before beginning the treatment, your eyes will be covered to protect them from the flash-light therapy. Dr. Mesbahi will then softly pass the Forever Clear BBL system over your skin while concentrating on the problem areas. The amount of time needed for the therapy will vary, depending on your unique skin condition and whether any additional services are being performed during your session. BBL treatments can ordinarily be completed in about an hour or less.

How long is recovery from BROADBAND LIGHT THERAPY?

Following your BroadBand Light Therapy treatment, a soothing lotion will be applied to your skin. Dr. Mesbahi will also provide post-treatment care instructions and often advises reducing your exposure to the sun. Otherwise, patients are typically able to return to their normal daily activities. Outcomes from BBL may be noticed within 2 – 6 weeks following the initial treatment, but optimal results will generally be observed after multiple BBL treatments. Dr. Mesbahi generally recommends 3 – 4 treatments spaced one month apart, but this will vary, depending on your specific goals.

BroadBand Light Therapy FAQs

How much does BBL cost?
Dr. Mesbahi should be able to discuss your costs in your initial consultation once your BBL plan is created. BBL costs will depend on where you want to get the treatment, the size of the treatment area(s), and the number of appointments you need. After Dr. Mesbahi assesses the health of your skin and listens to your concerns, he will work with you to develop your treatment plan. Mesbahi Plastic Surgery frequently offers specials on skin treatments such as BBL — so watch our website or ask about our current deals when you make your appointment.

How many treatments will I need?
Generally, patients achieve their goals after three appointments. However, if you have serious pigmentation, sun damage, or discoloration, you might require more treatments. During your initial consultation, Dr. Mesbahi will consider your goals and develop your BBL treatment plan. Your BBL appointments will be scheduled about 3 – 4 weeks apart to allow your skin to rest.

What areas can be treated with BBL?
All areas of skin can be treated with BBL; however, some of the most commonly treated are the face, hands, neck, chest, shoulders, and back. These are the areas that tend to have the most visible damage since they're frequently exposed to the sun. The face, neck, and hands are also most often affected by natural aging and lifestyle, so a BBL treatment in these spots can help improve your overall appearance. During your consultation with Dr. Mesbahi, tell him about all your areas of concern so he can develop your ideal BBL plan.

How is BBL different from other lasers?
Sciton's innovative BroadBand Light is a high-powered intense pulsed light (IPL) skin treatment. The dual lamps and wide range of energy wavelengths allow Dr. Mesbahi to personalize your BBL treatment to match your skin concerns. Utilizing different wavelengths, BBL can improve red and brown lesions, as well as light and dark spots, without damaging nearby skin and tissues. Safe and effective, BBL can give you a rejuvenated complexion in fewer sessions compared to many other laser skin treatments.

Is BBL safe for all skin tones?
Since the energy wavelengths in a BBL treatment can be adjusted for your unique needs, BBL can be used on all skin tones. To get your best results, Dr. Mesbahi suggests avoiding ultraviolet (UV) light exposure (tanning beds and natural sunlight) for at least two weeks before your treatment. Tanned skin has higher levels of pigment (melanin), which can absorb the energy and impact your results. Your skin will be especially sensitive to UV exposure, so you should not use tanning beds and limit sun exposure throughout your treatment and for at least 10 – 14 days after your last treatment.

Regenerate Your Skin

This exciting therapy utilizes advanced technology to improve the appearance and texture of your skin. If you are struggling with hyperpigmentation, acne, or sun damage, BroadBand Light Therapy may be an ideal treatment for you. To learn more about how BBL can help restore your complexion, call Mesbahi Plastic Surgery in McLean, VA, Washington, D.C., or Beverly Hills, CA to schedule a cosmetic consultation with our team. We look forward to serving you and helping you achieve younger, smoother-looking skin. 

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